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Children's author shares personal story in latest book

Gardnerville author Colleen Nestroyl recently published her eighth children's book, "One Day When My World Shook."

The 30-page book features a Chihuahua named Blaze who discovers he has epilepsy and must go to the UC Puppy hospital in San Francisco for brain surgery.

"There's over 50 million people worldwide that have epilepsy. I wanted to teach people how to deal with it," Nestroyl said. "There's types of diseases out there we need to be aware of and how to handle them."

Nestroyl recommends the book for adults and children.

"To someone with epilepsy this book would be an eye-opener that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, there is a rainbow," Nestroyl said. "It (epilepsy) is very scary."

Each page is also illustrated by Nestroyl.

"I loved it because I could think of ideas that matched the story perfectly," she said. "Doing it myself I can put exactly what I want in the book. I know exactly what I'm looking for like what color the dog should be or where the characters are placed in the scene."

Nestroyl wrote the book from her personal experience as someone with epilepsy.

"I have suffered with epilepsy most of my life," the 46-year-old said. "When I was in elementary school in the '70s teachers would shout at me, 'Colleen stop daydreaming.'"

The book contains information on service dogs, types of epilepsy, types of seizures and a 911 page on what to do if someone has a seizure. It also includes an about the author section.

"This is the first time I've shared this information with the world," Nestroyl said.

"One Day When My World Shook" is available at, and

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 6, 2012 06:22PM Published Jul 6, 2012 06:20PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.